The opening of Kenora’s new emergency shelter at Knox United Church has been delayed. The original expected completion date was for sometime this month, but that date has now been pushed back into January, 2019, due to construction delays.

To offset the later-than-expected completion date, the Kenora District Services Board is extending existing financial support agreements with the Kenora Fellowship Centre to provide meals to vulnerable people in the community.

"The KDSB is very happy to continue this service agreement with the Kenora Fellowship Centre," says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB. “Through this partnership and their generous commitment in continuing to offer expanded meal programming, it will ensure that homeless and vulnerable people in Kenora will continue to have meals available.”

The KDSB says that the agreement between the board and the Fellowship Centre began in June, which was a temporary increase in resources to expand the centre’s current meal programming, as renovations were underway at Knox United.

“We are thankful to KDSB for the opportunity to continue our services to those facing homelessness and poverty in this time of transition. It greatly reduces the patron’s uncertainty in regards to meal provisions and having a place of safety,” says Yvonne BearBull, Executive Director of the Kenora Fellowship Centre.

The Fellowship Centre will continue to provide meals to vulnerable people until January 31, 2019, or until renovations are completed at Knox United. The construction will renovate the existing Knox United Gym and the area above it into a permanent emergency shelter.

The shelter will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as a space for occasional use, as well as people who need a safe place to call home “for a while.” The construction will renovate the existing areas, and will include full sleeping, showering, washroom, supportive services, socializing and eating facilities.

The Kenora District Services Board, Knox United and the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre have a 20-year lease to keep the shelter in Knox United.

Construction on Knox United began in May. The project was approved in January, 2018.

For more information:
Permanent future for emergency shelter
Emergency shelter lease signed

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